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    Clifford Read

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  1. Jurgen, when I see your name, l always know we're in for a treat. Your truck models are always outstanding, and this scratchbuilt Mercedes is no exception. Also, your photography is gorgeous. Congratulations on another superb model.
  2. Now that's exceptionally nice.......I just love all the Canadian Pontiac (Chevy) drivetrain and chassis detail. Absolutely gorgeous!! How did you produce the Laurentian nameplate?
  3. This modified and detailed version of Aurora’s tractor/trailer/power shovel ensemble was a collaboration that we’d talked about doing for a few years. In the mid 1950s, Aurora introduced this simple and inexpensive Ford F800 tractor/Rogers low-loader trailer/Bay City power shovel plastic kit in approximately 1/64 scale and it happened to be the very first plastic model kit that we’d ever purchased for ourselves. We were only around 10 years old back then and, even though the kit’s quality and proportions were somewhat coarse, we both think back on that first kit with fondness and nostalgia. Over 60 years later, we decided to build a much improved version of the kit in a way we could only dream about back in the day. Proportions were adjusted and details added throughout. This was truly a labour of love. Cliff Read and Larry Read
  4. '50s era International Metro RM150 van My 1/25 model features typical factory options.... heater, sun visor, cab rear partition w/sliding door, bi-fold full width rear doors, rear access spare tire basket, dual rear wheels, longest 134" wheelbase, front and rear shock absorbers, etc. International Metro vans, in various sizes, capabilities, and lengths, were one of the most popular North American delivery vehicles in the early post-war period when I was growing up in Montreal. I've always enjoyed dual-rear wheeled trucks, from 'big rigs' to delivery trucks, and these heavier versions of the ubiquitous International Metro vans were available through the '50s and '60s utilizing their traditional curved shape bodies with dual rear wheels, usually seen in the longer wheelbase versions and often supplied with the optional 'square back' bodies allowing for full width access rear doors. The '50s era of Metro vans loosely resembled their '40s era predecessors but introduced a wider stance, a wider grille for enhanced cooling air-flow, a wider headlight position, a lower interior floor now featuring a 6' floor to ceiling height, shorter front side windows allowing for more forward positioned and wider sliding side doors (now encroaching on the front fender wells), column gear shift, etc. ….all aimed at greater carrying volume and enhanced 'walk through' capability for 'multi stop' operation. When 1st Gear offered their 1/25 '40s era Metro smaller capacity van, I was fortunate to locate a damaged NAPA (an auto parts company) version very inexpensively. It whetted my appetite to build this larger, later version using mostly soldered brass (my favorite model building medium, which maintains durability even as fine details are added). Once I had acquired enough effective reference, however, I soon realized the conversion would be a good deal more involved than I'd first expected. Ultimately, I was only able to directly use the windshield frame area with the wipers and glazing, the headlight bezels and their lenses, the safety brake lever, the steering wheel, and the tires from the original 1st Gear model. All the other components from the donor van model were either found unsuitable or required extensive modification. Soldered-brass scratch-built components include most of the body shell, bi-folding rear doors (including working latch), body side guards, front and rear bumpers, rear fenders, all chassis frame structure, the front steering axle and its ancillaries (poseable), all leaf springs and their shackles, all shock absorbers, rear spare tire support, fuel tank, battery box, grille name plates, front and rear directional signal bezels, column shift components, engine wiring, all door handles, rear view mirrors, open side vent with screen, opening fuel filler door, front bumper mounted license bracket, etc. Styrene scratch-built components include the complete cab interior (floor, dash, opening engine access cover, cab partition and its transverse sliding door, sun visor, windshield wiper vacuum motors, etc.), the rear van interior (including its ribbed walls, headliner, inner fender wells, inner rear door insulation surfaces, etc.), the rear outer axle stubs and their brake backing plates, front brake drums, battery, wider '50s style grille, roof mounted marker lights, tail lights, the complete IH 'Silver Diamond' engine shape (including its pulleys, radiator, belts, etc.). Polyester components include the front fender flaring, headlight body shaping, and spare tire (from Plasticine mold). Metal wire components include front parking light bezels, radiator fins, wheel details (lug nuts and '50s style pre-tubeless tire outer rim snap-rings), brake lines, window gaskets, etc. Miscellaneous materials include rubber front brake hoses, epoxy lenses, striping tape (grille bars, name plates), zinc front body underlay panel, aluminum tubing for exhaust system and dash gauge bezels, etc. Paint is automotive two part base-coat/clear-coat, with details picked out using Testors, Tamiya, and Humbrol paints. Graphics are Microscale decals (HO and N model railroad) and Letraset concept lettering. A local group of capable modelers with whom I socialize has chosen, as a build-theme, to each build a model of any vehicle from the the historic Trans-Canada Shell 4000 Rally (held annually through the '60s and early '70s). The completed models are to form a group presentation at an upcoming model contest venue this spring. Wishing to participate in the 'build-theme' at least peripherally, my model depicts a lubricant, tire, and battery delivery-service vehicle for Shell Oil in Toronto.
  5. I would have thought so as well, but when I was building ,I googled pics of '61 pontiac open doors and, wonder of wonders, they open out on two dog-legs. see pics below
  6. This modified Moebius plastic kit is somewhat unusual for me because, now-a-days, I prefer building using predominantly metal model bodies and details….more time consuming to modify than plastic, but generally resulting in a much more durable finished product. My other hobby of collecting high quality diecast models over the last 25 years has, unfortunately, made me unsatisfied building most curbside plastic kits because I now expect to be able to open hinged engine hoods, trunk-lids, doors, and even fuel -filler doors, etc. I’m surprised that, after six decades or more, plastic kit manufacturers, for the most part, still expect models to be displayed with the hood off to see the engine detail. I really love the styling of ’61 Pontiacs, but since there were no metal versions available in 1/25 scale, I decided to use one of Moebius’ attractive plastic kits as starting material and attempt to add all the usual detail to which I’ve become accustomed. The Mobius kit is really nicely molded although, like most high detail plastic kits, it has a few fixable minor issues…..poorly fitting windshield and back-light, thick bolt flange detail on the otherwise gorgeous Pontiac 8-lug wheels, as well as a slightly awkward front fender opening as well as bulky front bumper side and depth detail). I also found that the ‘wide-trak’ was a bit over emphasized compared to 1/1 reference. Test fitting should be done during assembly of any model car, but this Pontiac model has an interference fit to most tabs and slots making drilling or trimming especially necessary to allow painted parts to fit. I also found that I had to trim back the leading edge of the engine hood so it wouldn’t protrude when closed. Cutting open the doors and trunk lid is relatively easy on plastic kits compared to metal, but the down-side is that the body becomes quite flimsy as the molded-on structure is cut away. I found it necessary to epoxy on a stiff brass wire frame to beef up the inside of the a-pillars and rear posts, helping to keep the body relatively straight. Armed with lots of photo reference, I also cut down the bottom edge of the front bumper, and shortened its side detail at the same time as softening the radius on the front of the fender opening. The molded-on fuel door was easily cut out and a hinged filler-door was formed in soldered brass to keep it looking relatively thin while maintaining integrity. Using styrene sheet, I fabricated the inner trunk detail depicting a slightly wrinkled vinyl floor mat as well as forming the typical complex underside structure of the trunk lid. To the chassis, I added parking brake detail, rear axle brake-line, aluminum tubing tail-pipe, poseable steering, and fabricated wire coil springs to raise the ride height according to most reference of high performance 1/1 Venturas. I also found a way to hinge the engine hood while retaining Mobius’ simulated Pontiac hood hinges at the sides. Hinge structures for the opening hood, trunk and doors were formed using stiff piano wire mated to styrene and aluminum receptacles, and the main ‘Ventura’ side-trim was formed in thin stainless wire terminating in tiny holes drilled into the body. The main paint is automotive two-part basecoat/clearcoat with Humbrol , Tamiya, and Testors used to pick out many small details. I also added Model Car Garage photo-etch for some of the nameplates, etc.
  7. '31 Ford Model A Pickup Hot Rod

    I’ve just completed this little deep purple hot rod pickup using , with only a couple of minor exceptions, stuff languishing in my parts bin….things in desperate need of rescue. The only exceptions were the photoetch grille, gage cluster, teardrop tail-lights, and license plate frame from a Model Car Garage Deuce PE detail set. The Model A pickup body was mostly complete but many of its accessories were either broken or missing so it was a prime candidate for being modified into a traditional hot rod. Like most traditional hot rodders, I much prefer the look of the Deuce (‘32 Ford) grill shell over any of the various Model A Ford grille shells and, fortunately, I have copious incomplete Revell deuce kits bought as parts suppliers mostly for their chrome reverse wheels and Covico style steering wheels, so I was able to use the grille shell as well as the simulated rubber running board detail from one of those. Because of the different top contour of the Deuce shell compared to the Model A version, I fabricated a new engine hood top in sheet brass to accommodate the Deuce shell with the Model A cowl. The motor is modified from a ‘parts-bin ’57 Chevy 283 mated to an automatic transmission and the rear axle is one from a late 50s Chev pickup, complete with semi-elliptic leaf springs. I chose to shorten the Model A pickup box a scale 5 inches (a typical hot-rodder’s trick), the interior is typical custom roll-n-pleat (seat formed from Renshape with the addition of model railroad styrene building-siding to simulate the pleated upholstery), and a bed-mounted, handmade, polished aluminum fuel tank replaces the original (dangerous) Model A cowl gravity tank. The covered fender mounted spare wheel/tire is lathe-turned from Renshape, and the custom dual exhaust system is formed from polished aluminum tubing. The wheels are chrome reverse from Pegasus with ‘mystery’ tires from my parts bin. The project has taken approximately one month, starting in December 2018, and finishing in early January 2019. The main paint is custom mixed deep pearl purple automotive basecoat/clearcoat.
  8. My 2018 model (singular).

    Hi Peter, Quality over quantity! You always do beautiful work and this Jag is fabulous. Gorgeous photography as well. Congratulations
  9. 2018: A really enjoyable hobby year

    Although most of my model building happens in the Fall/ Winter/Spring seasons, I even managed to find time during our Ottawa 2018 summer heat wave to build a couple of refrigerated straight trucks. I wish you all a great Xmas season and a Happy/Healthy New Year. Cheers! 1/25 '33 Ford Sedan Delivery hot rod 1/24 '55 Ford Custom 1/24 '57 Canadian Pontiac stock six-cylinder sedan delivery 1/32 Aoshima Hino Ranger 4E reefer 1/32 Aoshima Fuso FU Reefer 1/20 Honda garden tiller
  10. Although these are quite tiny resin models, NEO has done an admirable job of proportion, detail, and finish. I love '50s era integrated sleepercabs so the 921B was an absolute 'must have'. Since NEO does not offer era appropriate highway trailers for their models, I wound up modifying some old '50s era Aurora kit trailers (I've collected many old glue-bombs of those trailers so that I'd never have to use one of their cool original kits). I added the air and electrical tractor-to-trailer connections as my only modifications to the two NEO tractors. The Diamond T 921B/ van represents a 30 foot reefer trailer that would be an interurban transport depicting a maximum length rig that could load and deliver in downtown settings. The 921 with highway tanker represents a 36 foot tanker that wouldn't be required to deliver in congested urban settings. The green trailer is an original Aurora tanker trailer that I built and painted (from another glue-bomb' around 30 years ago). It looked too short to represent a highway trailer, so I modified one to look more appropriate.
  11. '57 Pontiac stock Sedan Delivery

    I received a note from Joe Zrodlowski in Brooklin N.Y. that Freeman Supply co. offered a sample kit of various modeling materials, including RenShape: https://www.freemansupply.com/products/machinable-media-sample-kit Fortunately for me, when I retired from my Industrial design job a few years ago, I was able to keep a bunch of RenShape offcuts from previous design projects, giving me a 'lifetime supply' of chunks of the stuff, suitable for my model car needs. I would suggest getting in touch with some design model shops in your area to see if you can purchase some of their offcuts. They may even be happy to give the small chunks away. The denser versions of RenShape are more suitable for model car use since its paintable without getting air bubbles.
  12. '57 Pontiac stock Sedan Delivery

    Actually (luckily), the basic motor, representing the Chevy 235" six, comes in the West Coast Choppers low-rider toy. Some of the accessories are a bit crude but the block as well as the intake and exhaust manifolds aren't bad at all. The Pontiac 261" motor was based on the Chevy six with mainly internal differences so, with some green paint and a bit of detailing, it looks accurate in the Pontiac. The low-rider toy has the motor painted orange which in a stock Chevy should be a blue color (it was called a 'Blue Flame Six') and in the Pontiacs, the motor would be green from the factory. The motors were physically interchangeable (externally), so if you see a restoration with the wrong color motor, it usually means the car has had a rebuilt replacement at some point.
  13. '57 Pontiac stock Sedan Delivery

    A year ago, one of my previous projects was a ’57 Chevy sedan delivery using a cheap low-rider toy car as the starting material. The toy had lots of proportion issues but the station wagon structure was remarkably accurate. That model had turned out well and, during my research of the real vehicle’s details, I also came across lots of info on the rarer Pontiac version of the ’57 sedan deliveries. All of Pontiac’s sedan delivery production in ’57, as well as a few previous years, had been built on Pontiac’s Canadian assembly line in Oshawa , Ontario and, as with other Canadian Pontiacs at the time, were built on a Chevrolet platform….shorter wheelbase, Chevy based motors, chassis, and some upholstery trim. The sedan deliveries were commercial vehicles based on the Pontiac Pathfinder entry level station wagon series, but since Pontiacs were considered a slightly more premium vehicle line than the Chevies, even the basic sedan delivery used the regular bench seat instead of the Chevy’s utility bucket seats and also used a deluxe steering wheel from the Chevy line. The six cylinder motor for Canadian ’57 Pontiacs (the American versions came only with V8s) had 261 cu. inches with 148 advertised horsepower. This motor was based on Chevy’s 235cu. in. six, but not available on the Chevy passenger line. Like the Chevy sedan deliveries, most current Pontiac SD restorations now sport lots of deluxe trim and V8 power, but the original vehicles were intended as work horses and the vast majority of them left the factory with six cylinder motors. The production versions all left the assembly line with the basic Pathfinder trim, upholstery, and rubber floor mats. There were only 857 Pontiacs Sedan Deliveries manufactured in 1957 and, with those low numbers, the Pontiac sedan delivery model lasted only one more year before production ceased. I enjoy building 1/25 or 1/24 stock vehicles that aren’t otherwise available as toys or mainstream kits and I’d begun to accumulate the starting material I’d require for the Pontiac SD model months in advance. Another West Coast Choppers toy low-rider ’57 Chevy wagon was bought cheaply on Ebay , missing the engine hood trim (fortunately, I wouldn’t need any of the Chevy trim), and a Unique Replicas Chevy Nomad coin bank toy would supply the firewall, steering wheel, and basic chassis starting material. I already had a damaged Franklin Mint ‘57 Pontiac Bonneville parts car that would supply the much needed Pontiac grille, bumpers, and lights. Most of these various parts would require a good deal of modification to be suitable as the Canadian Pontiac but heck, if it was too easy, I probably wouldn’t have been interested in the project. One of my lucky breaks was finding that the ’69 Revell COPO Nova small hubcaps could be relatively easily modified to represent the basic ’57 Pathfinder hubcaps. I used Renshape (a resin based modeling material) to fabricate the wagon style fuel tank, low profile oil bath air filter, and the folding bench seat. Side trim was formed from stainless jewelry wire, and most of the interior was fabricated using styrene sheet. Other fabricated detail included an opening fuel filler door, and chassis parking brake detail. The body paint is automotive basecoat/clearcoat to approximate the available Pontiac Pathfinder Malabar Yellow.
  14. What to do w/junker 4x4s and Toros

    Here's a pic of the 1/24 De Havilland Beaver float plane ....a promo from Canadian Mist liquor. It's simple but well proportioned